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Chapter 9: Peace Process with ULFA, Civil Society and the Indian State

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Peace Process with ULFA, Civil Society and the Indian State
Peace process with ULFA, civil society and the Indian state

More than 60 years of a Conflict Resolution (CR) attempt in the North East by the Indian State can be best described as an approach of conflict management and suppression. The conflict management theorists see the violent conflicts as an ineradicable consequence of differences of values and interests within and between communities.1 The propensity to violence arises from the existing institutions and historical relationships as well from the established distribution of power. Resolving such conflicts is viewed as unrealistic—the best that can be done is to contain and manage them and occasionally to reach a historic compromise in which violence may be laid aside and normal ...

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